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Superman (aka Clark Kent) is one of the main heroes in the DC Extended Universe. He is portrayed by Henry Cavill.
- Superman is extremely out of character.
- Rather than Clark becoming Superman due to his kind, hopeful nature and desire to help the people of his adopted planet, the only reason he does it is because Jor-El tells him to. During most of Man of Steel, has Clark wandering aimlessly and listening to others tell him he's Jesus without saying much or showing any personality.
- There's a lot to talk about Superman's relationship with humanity, but Superman never shows any real interest in humanity.
- In Man of Steel, Superman is treated as a Jesus allegory with a lot of extremely heavy-handed Christian symbolism. Some very obvious examples include:
- Superman turns himself over to Zod to save humanity, before doing so he talks with a priest while sitting behind a clearly visible mural of Jesus.
- He undergoes torment while imprisoned and is tempted by a vision (which is the least tempting temptation in history).
- He makes a cross pose when he escapes from the ship.
- Superman reveals himself to the military by slowly floating with a beam of sunlight behind him.
- Superman doesn't even bother to prevent any destruction and in fact, causes more himself.
- As a young boy, we see get bullied, teased and beaten at school and we never learn how he fought them back.
- The CGI on his upper lip in Justice League is rushed and laughably bad.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he has only 43 lines of dialogue!
- Speaking of said film, he was even more flanderized than he was in Man of Steel! Rather than being the iconic symbol of justice that gives people hope, Superman is an eternally depressed grump who almost never smiles: even when he's saving people or having blatant Jesus symbolism foisted on him, he still looks depressed all the time.
- In fact, this incarnation of Superman can be compared to Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi very easily; both were iconic heroes who were flanderized from being optimistic, yet still heroic to being grumpy and showing negativity all the time. The only difference is that Superman was always a young man, and Luke Skywalker is older in their respective cases.
- Superman dies in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that was even only the second film in the franchise! His death is even more pointless because he was resurrected in Justice League.
- This version of Superman looks similar to the New 52 version of Superman.
- His suit has a very realistic look which is awesome.
- Despite everyone getting so upset over the infamous Zod-neck-snapping scene, it's actually a very emotional moment and it shows that's he going to have to make some tough choices, considering Superman wasn't looking forward to finishing off the other survivor of Krypton's destruction.
- He became more likable on Justice League, having better development and more personality.
- Henry Cavill portrays this version super well.
- But, He is yet to have a more prominent role in Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League.